by Lauren Kate
Random House. Young Adult. Paperback RRP $24.95
Reviewed by Barbara Brown
Natalie Hargrove has fought her way to the top of the high school social ladder and there isn’t anything she won’t do to ensure she stays there.
Natalie has everything now, the most influential, gorgeous boyfriend who will be Prom King to her Prom Queen; the beauty and looks that others try to emulate; and a past that has quietly been hidden from everyone.
Natalie and Mike play a little prank on J.B., but then things turn out horribly wrong. What’s a girl got to do to keep her reputation clean? Obviously go back to her feral past and get the assistance she needs.
The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove was Lauren Kate’s first novel before her best-selling books, Fallen, Torment and Passion. I didn’t find it had the same pull as her later books however the ending was one of the biggest shocks I’ve read for a while. There is something about a not-so-happily-ever-after ending that I like and Lauren Kate has done it well. Great story just for the ending.
The Reading Stack reviewed Fallen, Torment and Passion in February 2010, February 2011 and June 2011 respectively.